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10/31/2018, 7:03 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Coveney: UK must act if it wants deal next month

Simon Coveney, tanaiste or deputy prime minister of Ireland, urged on Wednesday the government in London to "intensify" efforts and expressed belief negotiations about the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union could indeed be concluded in November. Speaking in Paris, he said progress needs to be shown as early as next week and stressed the commitments the other side made in December regarding the backstop.

The official, who is also the minister of foreign affairs under Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, made the statement after Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the EU Dominic Raab hinted a deal could be reached in three weeks. The date, November 21, was referred to in a letter to lawmakers from one week ago.

Meanwhile, speculation appeared in the media that the cabinet of UK's Prime Minister Theresa May doesn't yet count on a special Brexit summit next month with the leaders of the rest of the 28-member bloc.

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